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45. Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr., by William Sylvester Noonan with Robert Huber
unabridged audiobook Interesting insight into JFK Jr.'s personality and family life.

46. Sins of the Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

47. The Very Virile Viking, by Sandra Hill
Not nearly as silly as I'd expected; actually heart-warming.

48. The Queen of Babble, by Meg Cabot
I will not gush about how much Meg Cabot ROCKS. I will not gush about how much Meg Cabot ROCKS. I will not... Aw, heck. Meg Cabot ROCKS!

49. Unleash the Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

50. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night, by Kresley Cole

51. Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt
unabridged audiobook, read by the author

52. Shades of Earl Grey, by Laura Childs
I'm enjoying this series of mysteries, set in a Charleston tea shop.

53. The Dream Hunter, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Hooray! Another Kenyon series for me to read!!

54. Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks
unabridged audiobook Wonderful examples from Sacks' practice of how music affects our brains, insight into musical phenomena such as perfect pitch, and more. I'm very glad I "read" this one as an audiobook, because I don't think I would've stuck with it in print. Lots of technical information stuffed into Sacks' personable story-telling.

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35. stardust, by Neil Gaiman
unabridged audiobook... This was my introduction the wonderful imagination of Neil Gaiman. I'm currently reading his Neverwhere. Can't wait to see him at the National Book Fair in DC next month!

36. Work of the Angels, by Kat Goldring

37. The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain, by Andrew M. Greeley
unabridged audiobook

38. The Irish Sketchbook of 1842, by William Makepeace Thackery
This is the book referenced often by Pete McCarthy in his wonderful travelogue, McCarthy's Bar. It was written in the 19th century, so the language feels stilted on occasion, but it's an interesting, entertaining tale of Thackery's journey through Ireland.

39. Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, by Meg Cabot
Heather Wells rules. Meg Cabot rules.

40. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
unabridged audiobook

41. White Thron Woods, by Maeve Binchy
unabridged audiobook

42. The Boy Next Door, by Meg Cabot
Have I mentioned that Meg Cabot rules? This one is told completely via e-mails. And it works.

43. Seize the Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Hunters rule, too.

44. Fatal Feng Shui, by Leslie Caine
This is a new author for me. This was a fun murder mystery. I picked it up because every now and then my boss schedules a "Feng Shui Day" for our department, and we're actually supposed to tidy our desks and stuff. :shudder: You can bet I waved this in her face. ;-) (Fortunately, my boss has a sense of humor. She rocks as well.)

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The never-ending catch-up:

25. Booking Passage: We Irish & Americans, by Thomas Lynch

26. Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle
unabridged audiobook

27. In Dublin's Fair City, by Rhys Bowen
"a Molly Malone mystery"

28. Love, Lies and Liquor, by M.C, Beaton
Hooray! An Agatha Raisin book! I love Agatha...

29. The Irish Cairn Murder, by Dicey Deere

30. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
unabridged audiobook

31. A Writer's Ireland: Landscape in Literature, by William Trevor

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I've hit my 50, but I haven't posted all of them yet. Here are the next 10 in the hit parade:

15. Thomas Cook's Drive Around Ireland, by Donna Dailey

16. Night Play, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

17. A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld, by Francis Bridges
Interesting look at the Harry Potter series.

18. Lord of the Silent, by Elizabeth Peters
unabridged audiobook

19. Big Boned, by Meg Cabot
Hysterical!!!

20. Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella

21. Rogue Angel: God of Thunder, by Alex Archer

22. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
unabridged audiobook

23. Moon Handbooks: Ireland
travel guide

24. Dust, by Martha Grimes
unabridged audiobook

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Yet another cross-post from 50bookchallenge

Too busy reading to post? Yeah, that sounds plausible... ;-)

I'm currently reading #49 for the year, but haven't posted since #4. I'll update in 10s.

5. McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy
For years, people have been telling me to read this travel book. Why did I wait so long? McCarthy's travels through Ireland are both enlightening and entertaining.

6. "S" is for Silence, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

7. The Dark Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning

8. Let There Be Suspects, by Emilie Richards

9. Death of a Maid, by M. C. Beaton
Hooray for Hamish!

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling
unabridged audiobook
Thought I'd do the series as audiobooks this time around.

11. Zulu: An Irish Journey, by Joan Mathieu

12. Fodor's London's 25 Best, by Louise Nicholson

13. A Deadly Yarn, by Maggie Sefton
Murder mystery. Series. Yarn. What's not to like?

14. Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall

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...to 50bookchallenge. 'Cause, from the looks of it, I do nothing but read these days... ;-)

2. Kiss of the Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Part of her Dark Hunter series. A Viking, which gave me a happy. :-)

3. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, by Sophie Kinsella
Unabashed chicklit, and what fun! Becky's financial turmoils are so much more fun than my own. ;-)

4. The Golden One, by Elizabeth Peters
unabridged audiobook
Pardon me while I sing the praises of this series! Ms. Peters has developed such wonderful characters, and you can learn a bit about Egyptology in the process. I highly recommend "doing" this series in audiobooks. Barbara Rosenblatt, the reader, is absolutely superb.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

My last read for 2007...

106. Kissing Christmas Goodbye, by M.C. Beaton
I was thrilled to find an Agatha Raisin story with a holiday theme! It was great fun to end the calendar year with one of my favorite cranky broads. ;-)

First read for 2008...

1. No Clue at the Inn, by Kate Kingsbury
I discovered this series when I was looking for end-of-the year holdiay-themed reads. Finished her title Slay Bells last month and was delighted to find this one in the library as well. This story occurs before the events of Slay Bells and gave me a better understanding of some of the events referenced in the later book. Fun setting and characters. Will look for more from this series in 2008.

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Still trying to catch up... I'll probably finish another book or two before the calendar year officially ends, but here's what I've got to date...

94. The Serpent on the Crown, by Elizabeth Peters
unabridged audiobook... I just adore this series! And the woman who performs the audiobooks, Barbara Rosenblatt IIRC, is just wonderful.

95. Blessed Is the Busybody, by Emilie Richards
Noticed this one while perusing the libraray's mystery collection. Fun story and characters. I'll be looking for more by this author.

96. "O" is for Outlaw, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

97. "P" is for Peril, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

98. Trinity, by Leon Uris
Recommended on one of my e-mail lists. If you're interested in Irish history, especially within the last century or so, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Compelling characters.

99. Sweet and Deadly, by Charlaine Harris
Love her "southern vampire" series. Not so much this one...

100. Children of the Storm, by Elizabeth Peters
unabridged audiobook

101. The Creaky Traveler in Ireland, by Warren Rovetch
Great stories of traveling in Ireland, from the perspective of a "more mature" gentleman and his wife. Lovely photos.

102. "Q" is for Quarry, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

103. Holidays Are Hell, by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjoire M. Liu and Vicki Pettersson
Paranormal stories for the holidays!

104. Slay Bells, by Kate Kingsbury
Fun Edwardian-period holiday mystery. Found this one in the library's "holiday book" display. I've already checked another of the author's books out of the library for New Year reading.

105. "R" is for Ricochet, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

I'll have limited-to-no internet access until after New Year's Day, so here's wishing everyone a safe, happy holiday!

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Still catching up...

84. "L" is for Lawless, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

85. Revenge, by Stephen Fry
Yes, *that* Stephen Fry. :-) I was delighted with this wonderfully twisted tale.

86. "M" is for Malice, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

87. No Idle Hands: A Social History of Knitting, by Anne Macdonald
I got this one through inter-library loan. Very interesting, mostly focused on the history of knitting in the U.S.

88. Knitting in Plain English, by Maggie Righetti
Although I checked this one out of the library, I'll be buying it for my personal library. The title says it all. She explains things in a way that really "works" for me. As a beginning knitter, this is a book I know I'll turn to again and again.

89. "N" is for Noose, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

90. The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs

91. The Falcon at the Portal, by Elizabeth Peters
unabrdiged audiobook

92. Needled to Death, by Maggie Sefton
Any author who manages to work alpacas into her mystery is okay by me.

93. The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood
Need a good cry? Run, do not walk, to this book!

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Apparently I forgot to crosspost my last posting to 50bookchallenge... So, here are 63-73:

63. "G" is for Gumshoe, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

64. Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling
I started re-reading the series. The goals were to: 1, finish OotP before the film's relase and 2, finish HBP before the release of Deathly Hallows. I managed to accomplish both goals, thank you very much!

65. The 25-Day Financial Makeover, by Francine L. Huff

66. Harry Ptter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

67. "H" is for Homicide, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

68. "I" is for Innocence, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

69. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

70. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

71. "J" is for Judgment, by Sue Grafton
unabridged audiobook

72. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

73. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
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